STRAIGHTEN YOUR SMILE
Orthodontic Treatments in Edmonton
Orthodontic treatments, such as Invisalign®, is the concept of applying constant gentle pressure applied over time to treat misaligned teeth and guide them back into correct position.
There are several different types of orthodontic appliances to choose from depending on personal preference and the level of realignment required. The alignment of your teeth, bite and jaw may be corrected by removable appliances or by fixed braces. Each patient and misalignment issue is unique, therefore each treatment plan is carefully evaluated and discussed to find an approach that works for the individual. At Groove Dental, we use Invisalign® Clear Retainers for our patients. To learn more about your options, visit our Invisalign® page or contact our office today!
BRACES: FIXED AND REMOVABLE
With traditional braces, using brackets and archwires, the teeth move when an archwire puts pressure on brackets that have been affixed to the teeth. Sometimes, springs or rubber bands are used to pull one or more teeth in a specific direction. The use of removable appliances has become popular because it allows for flexibility during the course of orthodontic treatment. Removable appliances use the same concept of gentle, steady pressure to move teeth, but they are removable for eating, drinking, sporting activities, and oral hygiene.
HOW DO BRACES MOVE TEETH?
When braces put pressure on your teeth, the supporting membrane around each tooth stretches on one side and compresses on the other, allowing movement of the tooth. When your teeth move, the bone slowly adjusts and grows to support each tooth’s new position. With constant, gentle pressure effecting small changes over a period of time, your teeth make their way to a new, correct, alignment. Once your teeth are in their final position, the next phase of your orthodontic treatment may begin. An appliance called a retainer is introduced.
HOLD THAT SMILE!
Teeth naturally move because the bone they sit in is a living, growing thing. It may take some time for your jaw bone to adapt to the changes in your mouth after your braces come off. A dental appliance called a retainer supports your teeth in their newly aligned position. Sometimes a retainer is simply a fixed wire behind the teeth which cannot be seen. Other times, a clear plastic, removable, tray that fits the exact shape and placement of your teeth is worn for a period of time. Your dentist will recommend the type of retainer best suited to your treatment and advise you to wear your retainer for an appropriate amount of time, depending on your individual experience with realignment.
A HEALTHY SMILE IS A BEAUTIFUL SMILE
Correcting the alignment of your bite and teeth not only improves the look of your smile, it can also improve the health of your smile. Straight, evenly spaced teeth are easier to clean and maintain between dental visits. Making your smile easier to clean should lend itself to an overall healthier you! A healthy smile reduces risks associated with gum disease and tooth decay that can have an impact on your overall health. Plan to visit us in Edmonton at Groove Dental and we’ll help you see yourself with a, healthier, beautiful smile. All dental services provided by a general dentist.
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